The Indigenous Working Group was established in April at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, which was held in Australia. Since this time, they met on Monday the 4th of September, 2017 – where the photo was taken.

Aim and Objectives

The Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of the Public Health Association aims to assist in reducing the health disparity and inequities experienced by Indigenous people globally. The Working Group’s objectives are to; bring together Indigenous peoples from around the world to share and learn from each other, engage in collective advocacy, partner with existing international groups working in Indigenous affairs, source any funding or in-kind support to support the work of the IWG and, seek out research opportunities that develop the evidence base that informs global Indigenous public health policies. The working group will be underpinned by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (United Nations 2007). This will ensure that the Working Group acts in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner. One of the key elements of the Declaration is self-determination with articles 3, 4 and 23 specifically relating to self-determination. Self-determination is a key component of the Declaration; therefore, the Indigenous Working Group will be led by Indigenous peoples (see the WFPHA Indigenous Working Group Membership Briefing Paper). This aligns with and will continue to support the WFPHA’s Global Charter and its Strategic Plan. In addition, it continues to contribute towards the goals and priority areas of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Membership criteria To be a Member of the Working Group you must be:

  • Indigenous
  • A Member of a WFPHA member organisation
  • Endorsed by their respective WFPHA member to participate

Associate members

To be an Associate Member of the Working Group you must be:

  • A Member of a WFPHA Member organisation (see WFPHA membership list)
  • Endorsed by their respective WFPHA member to participate

To read the proposed briefing paper please click here

If you are interested in joining the working group, contact us.

Indigenous Health WG event

The Indigenous Health Working Group (IHWG) of the WFPHA hosted an event on Thursday, 24th of May 2018 in Geneva at the WFPHA International Office, as the  official launch of the Working Group and also with the aim of identifying Indigenous peoples priorities.



To read the last report of the Working Group, click here.

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